Police & Sheriff’s Reports
The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt. All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.
• Early Tuesday morning about 2:25 a.m., LaGrange Police were patrolling the area of Wright Street when officers observed a red Dodge Ram stopped in the roadway facing west in the eastbound lane while still partially blocking the westbound lane.
Officers ran the license plate due to the traffic violation and learned information registered to the owner of the truck, Parrish Durran Gordon, had an active warrant out of Newton County, Georgia.
Police were also able to acquire a description of the owner via his driver’s license, which matched the subject operating the vehicle.
A traffic stop was later conducted on the vehicle and officers were able to confirm the driver was in fact Gordon.
Gordon, age 48, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and held on the warrant for Felony Forgery.
• Tuesday morning about 6:39 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Mason Street in reference to Criminal Damage to Property.
Police arrived and spoke with the complainant, who advised sometime between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., unknown person(s) cut the top of his convertible Ford Mustang.
The complainant stated he recently ended his relationship with his girlfriend and she had become upset about the relationship ending. He stated he had issues with his vehicle being damaged in the past and was worried about it so he went outside the residence at around 6:30 a.m. and discovered two large cuts in the top of the convertible roof.
The victim stated there was also some type of unknown liquid poured over the top of the car, which he had begun to wash off prior to officers arriving.
Police observed two large cuts in the roof of the vehicle and a small amount of a light colored liquid that had not been washed off of the roof.
The vehicle also had scratches on both sides of the car, but the victim explained they were from previous incidents.
The victim advised he did not see who damaged the car, but stated he suspected his former girlfriend because she had been destructive in the past when he threatened to end their relationship. The victim also stated he called out of work the previous day because he was sick and she called his workplace and told them that he was not sick, claiming he was just calling out of work for no reason.
The damage to the vehicle was estimated at about $600.
Police attempted to interview the female about the incident, but officers were unable to make contact at her residence.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Tuesday morning about 9:05 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Bull Street in reference to a motor vehicle collision.
While investigating the collision, officers were given the name Jerry Vanhouten as the name of a passenger in the rear of one of the vehicles. This name was then ran though the Georgia Crime Information Database, which returned a warrant for Probation Violation.
Police then placed the subject under arrest for the warrant, at which time he stated he had never been arrested before, so he shouldn’t have a probation warrant. Further investigation revealed that his true identity was Michael Vanhouten and he had used his brother’s information because he believed he had a warrant.
A subsequent check of the correct name revealed Vanhouten had an outstanding warrant through the State of Florida, but they did not wish to extradite.
Due to him giving a false name, Vanhouten remained under arrest. During a search to arrest, officers located a glass smoking device containing suspected methamphetamine in Vanhouten’s right sock. The pipe was then checked and tested positive for methamphetamine.
As a result, Vanhouten, age 46, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and Giving False Name.
Vanhouten is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $7,000 bond.
• Tuesday afternoon about 12:40 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 900 block of Elm Street in reference to a Residential Burglary.
Officers arrived and made contact with the victim, who stated sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., unknown person(s) entered her residence without permission through the rear kitchen window by prying up the exterior pane of the window and finally gaining entry through the interior unlocked pane.
The victim explained that the unidentified suspect took their PlayStation 4 video game system, valued at $450. She stated she believed the suspect( s) exited the residence through the rear door.
Only the PlayStation appears to have been taken during the burglary.
Police processed the location for fingerprints and canvassed the area for any potential witnesses, but no one reported seeing anything out of the ordinary.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Gregory David Morris, age 50, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Synthetic Narcotic, Possession of Drug Related Items – Narcotic Equipment, and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects.
• John Edward Williams, age 62, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Theft by Shoplifting. Williams was transported to the Troup County Jail without incident.
• Jaylen Snow, age 18, of Lanett, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal trespass.
• Laquaius Kyles, age 23, of Five Points, AL was arrested by West Point Police for Driving while License Suspended.